orthopter

noun
or·​thop·​ter | \ (ˈ)ȯ(r)¦thäptə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of orthopter

1 : a flying machine propelled by flapping of wings : a mechanical bird
2 [French orthoptère, from New Latin Orthoptera] : orthopteron

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History and Etymology for orthopter

French orthoptère, from orth- + -ptére (as in hélicoptère helicopter)

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“Orthopter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopter. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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